Is This Program for You?
If you work well under stress, get along with individuals of many different backgrounds, and are ready for a job in the constantly evolving food service industry, then this may be the ideal program for you.
Students entering the Culinary Specialist program should:
- Desire a good paying job in quantity food production.
- Enjoy working with people.
- Apply creative thinking skills.
- Possess above average reading and math skills.
- Display excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Technical diploma requiring one year or more to complete.
- Daytime classes.
- Financial aid available for students who qualify.
- Special equipment and uniforms required.
- Students must achieve a grade of C or better grade in all technical core (317) courses to graduate.
- Students must be 18 years old to operate selected kitchen equipment.
At the completion of the program, students are expected to be able to:
- Apply basic principles of nutrition.
- Demonstrate basic culinary skills.
- Assist in food service management.
- Assist in planning menus.
- Explore food service financial information.
The food service industry is the #1 retail employer in the United States. Demand for well-trained culinary staff is at an all-time high. Graduates are qualified for a non-management cook or chef position on a food production and service team.
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Credit for Prior Learning
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Credit for prior learning gives you opportunities to earn credit for college-level knowledge that you have already acquired. This may be the result of work or volunteer experiences, certifications, apprenticeships, military training, extensive self-instruction, or professional development. Credit for Prior Learning affords you the opportunity to accelerate the completion of your educational goals.
For more information or to request Credit for Prior Learning see our Credit for Prior Learning page.
Culinary Specialist Courses that may have Credit for Prior Learning options: